Hundreds of thousands of recreational fishers could be about to be stumped with annual fee to throw a line into the water in South Australia, under a new plan.

Money raised by the fishing license would be used to improve industry infrastructure and research

Ministerial Recreational Fishing Advisory Council chairman Graham Keegan said “We are wanting input from the recreational fishing community on how a database of recreational fishers can be developed to assist in obtaining and conveying fishing information.’

“And if implementing a recreational fishing licence or compulsory registration system are possible options to achieve this.’’

The council have not revealed how much a year-long or three-day license may cost but national it varies between $32.40 to $56.70, with a three-day licence able to be purchased in most states at a lower rate.